Kenny Anderson discusses the 90s Nets and Knicks rivalries with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson while on Scoop B Radio. Press Play Below To Listen!
The 2017-18 season marks 50 years that the Knicks and Nets have been battling for bragging rights. The Knicks hold a slight advantage in head to head matchups with the Nets.
In 188 meeting meetings, the Knicks have won 95 times and the Nets have won 93 times. On Friday, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets’ matchup resulted in a Knicks 107-86 win at Madison Square Garden and a 30 point, 9 rebound outing for Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis.
The Knicks win, was the first of their young season.
On February 28, 1993, a nationally televised NBA on NBC game at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey was memorable for all of the wrong reasons. Former New Jersey Nets point guard Kenny Anderson, broke a bone in his left hand during that regular season home game.
With 8:52 remaining in the third quarter, Anderson stole the ball from Knicks center Patrick Ewing, who was double teamed.
Moving the ball at breakneck speed and almost slipping out-of-bounds on a Nets 3-on-1 fastbreak, Knicks guard John Starks literally bodyslammed Anderson while he was in mid-air.
Anderson landed awkwardly on his back while trying to catch his fall with his hands. A hard play, Starks was assessed a flagrant foul and Anderson would be officially diagnosed with a left wrist fracture.The injury would cost him the remainder of that season, Anderson’s second year in the league.
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“Yeah we were rolling,” Anderson told me on Scoop B Radio. “That was my first year under Chuck Daly and he gave me the ball and let me rock. We were in second place.”
It all happened so fast, but Anderson remembers it all like it was yesterday. “I was averaging like 16 [points], 8 [rebounds] and 9 [assists]. We were just rolling man. But it was a bad moment with one of those crazy, 90’s fouls.”
Anderson says the injury and foul are now both an afterthought. “You forgive and you just move on,” he said.
But speaking with Anderson, the nostalgia of the 90s is still there. It’s like it was yesterday.“But when it came to the Knicks and the Nets, that competition just came out of all of us,” he said.
“Those were the Knicks teams with Starks, Oakley, Ewing and my man, Mase. But we were rolling, man and we were really going at each other.”
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